Hanzesteden Fietsroute

From Germany to the Netherlands — explore the Hansa Cycle Route

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From Germany to the Netherlands — explore the Hansa Cycle Route

Bike Touring Collection by Hanzesteden Fietsroute

4-9

days

3-6 h

/ day

283 mi

3,350 ft

3,450 ft

This 455-kilometre (283 mi) route takes you on a journey through historic Hanseatic cities in Germany and the Netherlands. The multi-day route starts in Neuss and leads you downstream through a total of 16 cities to Harderwijk.

Cycle through varied landscapes with beautiful views along the Rhine, the Waal, the Ijssel and the Zwarte Water. These rivers brought prosperity to the region and flourishing trading towns grew up along their banks. The historic warehouses, medieval streets and remains of the stone city walls tell the stories of the past.

But on the Hanseatic Cycle Route, you’ll also experience the Hanseatic present, from trendy concept stores to traditional breweries. With Gothic churches and futuristic art clouds — these cities have a surprise around every corner.

There are eight Tours in total that each cover a small part of the route. Each Tour takes you through two or three Hanseatic cities, so there's plenty to see every day. Along the way, you'll find plenty of cosy campsites, cosy bed & breakfasts, luxury hotels, and good restaurants and cafés galore. Food and drink on the Hanseatic Cycle Route is excellent.

If you're particularly motivated, you can also cycle the Hanseatic Rounds. These are circular routes that start from the towns you pass. They lead through the hinterland of the cities and show you the stunning surrounding landscapes. You can find these routes in this Collection: komoot.nl/collection/1193815.

So, what are you waiting for? Get on your bike, follow in the footsteps of the merchants of yesteryear and experience the beauty and power of the Hanseatic cities!

The project ‘Cross-border cooperation: Hanseatic cities then and now’ is made possible by the INTERREG programme Germany-Netherlands.

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    Difficult
    05:58
    55.2 mi
    9.3 mph
    800 ft
    850 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The first stage of the Hanseatic City Cycle Route runs from the Hanseatic city of Neuss to the Hanseatic city of Wesel. The long-distance cycle route starts in the port …

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  • Intermediate
    04:14
    43.4 mi
    10.2 mph
    350 ft
    400 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    What is the name of the mayor of Wesel? Donkey! The Weasel Donkey has become a symbol and can be found in several places in the city. On your way …

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  • Difficult
    03:39
    37.2 mi
    10.2 mph
    700 ft
    650 ft
    Ferry
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    On the third day of the Hanseatic City Cycle Route you cross the border at Emmerich am Rhein to East Gelderland. This tour ends after 60 kilometers in the oldest …

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  • Intermediate
    02:56
    31.4 mi
    10.7 mph
    375 ft
    400 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    The starting point of stage four is the oldest city in the Netherlands – Nijmegen. The beautiful route goes to Arnhem and ends in cultural Doesburg. The tour gives you …

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  • Intermediate
    03:07
    33.4 mi
    10.7 mph
    300 ft
    325 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    From cultural Doesburg you cycle in the fifth stage of the Hanseatic City Cycle Route via the tower city of Zutphen to quirky Deventer. All three Hanseatic cities offer a …

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  • Intermediate
    03:02
    32.6 mi
    10.8 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    The most beautiful river in the Netherlands leads you the way from Deventer, via Hattem to Zwolle: the IJssel. Estates and (bicycle) ferries are part of this beautiful route.After …

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  • Intermediate
    02:04
    22.4 mi
    10.8 mph
    150 ft
    175 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The penultimate stage goes from Zwolle, via pilgrimage destination Hasselt to the home port of the Kamper Kogge in the nautical Kampen. Spacious roads lead through the IJsseldelta region.This …

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  • Intermediate
    02:31
    27.0 mi
    10.7 mph
    175 ft
    150 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this last stage, the landscape can change completely within a few kilometers. Along the way you will discover the fishing and fortified town of Elburg and you will finish …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    283 mi
  • Duration
    27:30 h
  • Elevation
    3,350 ft3,450 ft
Hanzesteden Fietsroute

From Germany to the Netherlands — explore the Hansa Cycle Route